Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip, best by July 2014. Pours a dark orange with a half inch white head, that leaves behind a few webs of lace.
Smell is mango, papaya, passion fruit, watermelon hard candy, and some grapefruit.
Taste is follows the nose nicely, loads of mango and other tropical flavors, a bit sweet, and grapefruit hangs on the tongue awhile after.
Body is large, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.
Overall this is the 3rd one of the Eddy Series I have had and they are all really solid beers. I am very impressed with this brew.
05-16-2014 23:47:55 | More by SawDog505
2.63/5 rDev -29.5%
I was highly disappointed in this brew. I have had nice experiences with most "Leiny's", but this one was pretty bad.
Appearance - Nice orange color, almost no head.
Smell- Strong, sweet aroma with hints of diacetyl
Taste - Blah. This seems closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The malt overpowers all with little to no help from the hops
Mouthfeel - The only thing Big Eddy got right was this; slightly thicker, rich mouthfeel, leaving the expected DIPA coating on the tongue
Opinion - Maybe they just labeled this beer incorrectly? I may have had a completely different opinion had I expected a Strong Ale or Barleywine
05-09-2014 18:23:12 | More by AndyReuter
3.06/5 rDev -18%
Bottle marked 00414 A21010741(I think, barely legible), 2013 vintage, at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malt and faint alcohol and spice
Head small (1 cm), off white, creamy, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring with small islands of foam
Lacing OK – incomplete rings and isolated small clumps of bubbles
Body orange, slight haze, few bubbles rising
Flavor not very good – hop flavors have degenerated and only malt and decomposition flavors are present with a little alcohol.
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation.
I bought this by mistake, thinking it was a RIS, not a DIPA. Oh well. The flavors have not held up (I hope). A little diacetyl would have been nice, but no luck. Considering how poor this is at the end of life, I would hesitate trying a fresh one, since I have consumed year old DIPAs that were better tasting. Sorry Leinie, you missed the mark badly.
04-25-2014 11:03:28 | More by Ozzylizard
3.39/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a deep caramel ruby hue with a tan khaki head forms nice fine speckled lacing. Aromatics offer up, citric rind...over ripened fruit deep down a bit of caramel malt explodes in the senses as well. Without tasting I can tell this DIPA is packed with malts, the first sip explodes with pine, citrus, a bit of pineapple and deep caramel malt backbone every bit as sweet tasting as the perceived sweetness on the nose. Rolling sweet malts, ripened fruit notes include juicy raisins this may be noted due to the heavy malts in the backbone and the 8.2% abv is definitely representing as a soothing alcohol burn finishes with each sip. Look this stuff is drinkable, but way too sweet for your typical DIPA it's weighing in on the palate for me is a tad cloying with all the sweetness. Really goes down as the DIPA that wants to edge into bordering as a barleywine or an American Strong Ale. I can't knock it for being what it is, but hopefully some of the under attenuated sweetness gets kicked back in the next varietal release of the Big Eddy DIPA. Overall a decent shot at a big beer style popular from coast to coast these days in the beer realm of America but the sweetness hit me way too hard to be able to full embrace this version!
04-13-2014 23:59:32 | More by WVbeergeek
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.